September 15, 2021
Good Morning Groanies,
Like many comedy fans, I was sad to learn that Norm Macdonald had passed away.
I became a huge fan of Norm's after seeing him as the Weekend Update anchor on SNL back in the '90s. He was clever, quick, and had a comedic timing that was so unusual that it made me pay closer attention to him, his jokes, and his type of oddbeat humor. I shouldn't say "offbeat" humor. Norm Macdonald always had his own unique style of humor that set him apart from just about any and all other comics.
He's often been described as absurd, bizarre, annoying, irreverent, and ridiculous, but I always saw him as a guy that was just funny in every way. He was never not funny. It's true.
I think some people out there didn't find him funny because of his unique cadence or the way he delivered jokes, but I believe that he truly enjoyed making people laugh, and even more so, testing his audience to see just how far he could push them, and their tastes in humor, to the breaking point. I also think he was energized when the crowd turned on him.
In 2017, my brother and I saw Norm do standup live at the Vic Theatre in Chicago and it was everything we had hoped for. He was offensive, dirty, incredibly un-PC, and best of all, he was undeniably hilarious. And what made the two of us enjoy it even more was the woman sitting next to us. She sat with her arms folded, not laughing once, with her face in a permanent grimace plastered on it the enter set. It was glorious! We were in the second row, if I remember correctly, and I'm sure that Norm caught a look at this humorless zilch and it gave him strength, like Superman with the earth's yellow sun. That stranger's distain for Norm made us laugh harder and love him, and his humor, even more.
I'm sad that he's gone, but I will never forget how much joy his singular talent for funny brought to me and so many of his fans. Norm was honestly one of the funniest people ever.
But we all know that there's one man that does appreciate Norm Macdonald as much as we do... you guessed it: Frank Stallone!
RIP Norm Macdonald (1959-2021)
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